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Presenters:  Jairo Sanchez y Orlando Reos

Participants:

Asistirán nueve personas: Jairo, Orlando R, Miguel, Hugo, Agustin, Wilson, Cecilio A, Juan Luis y Mario.

Menu:

  • Primer plato: Ensalada Cesar, simple
  • Segundo plato: Pasta, Capellini Primavera
  • Tercer palto : Pescado, Poached Salmon
  • Cuarto Plato: Carne, Picatta di Vitello.
  • Postres: A elección, del menú de Capri

Wines

Amarone, Valpolicella, Venneto, APV 14 to 15%, $ 19

Amarone 2007   *** Decanter

from the producer web site – http://www.amaronevalpolicella.org      Amarone is a strong wine, structured, complex, elegant and velvety wine.

Ruby red in colour with garnet highlights. Made from dried Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes, by using the old technique of “appassimento” (dry process). Traditionally served with game, grilled and braised meat, and well matured cheese. Amarone is made with a blend of grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone, Molinara, Oseleta. The grapes have been natural dryed for 4 month and they come all from Vigolo hill. The harvest is at beginning-end September, dependig on the wether and the selection is totally made by hand. The bunches naturally dried for 4 months in the drying facility where the grapes lose 40-45% of their original weight. The fermentation will be in temperature controlled steel tanks with natural yeasts for more than 60 days. and 3 times each day we make a gentle breaking up of the marc with air to extract much more as possible from the skins! The wine is then put into french oak barriques for 24 months and then 12 months in bottles before to be ready!

Traditionally Amarone is enjoyed with game, roasted and grilled meats, casseroles and well matured cheeses. Excellent with hearty dishes. Serve at 18°C and open the bottle at least an hour before consuming. This wine has the potential to age for more than 20 years.


Brunello de Montalcino, Toscana    – about 500 wines under this denomination.

2006 Casalino, Sangiovese Grosso, Sangiovese. Bonacchi Winery. Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy. APV: 13.5  $ 39 T. Wine

Winemaker Notes:

An incredible wine, at sight, it is a deep ruby red color with garnet hues and a wide floral and persistent bouquet. The nose is full with wonderful aromas of violets, vanilla, and dried fruit. A real beauty, the palate has a generous full body with rich and creamy fruit, leading to a flourish of flavors including black cherry, savory vanilla, earthy notes, and a complex, fulfilling finish. This wine becomes more refined for 5-10 years.  Decanting Recommended.

Acclaim: Wine Enthusiast: 92.  Casalino’s Brunello is a dark, pleasurable wine enhanced by warm richness, mineral notes, toasted almond and sweet black cherry. The general smoothness and fullness of the texture is what sets this wine apart.  Monica Larner April 2011.


Gattinara o Langhe, Piemonte (a definir el lunes)


Gavi di Gavi, Piemonte (provincia de Alessandria)  about 172 wines available in the US.

Robert Parker WA 90 Points

Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2009

Aged for 12 months in large barrels, a small percentage of them new.  Sexy red fruit perfume complicated by nuances of earth and musky oak.  Sweet, silky and light on its feet; aromatic but distinctly soft for nebbiolo, in spite of its high-pitched notes of sappy cherry liqueur, menthol and orange peel.  Finishes with serious, dusty, slightly dry tannins that coat the tongue.

The Gavi, or Cortese di Gavi, DOCG is situated in the southern part of Piedmont, in north-western Italy. Its name derives from the town of Gavi, which is at the centre of the production zone, and the indigenous white grape variety from which it is made. Due to its close proximity with Liguria, its winemaking and gastronomic traditions are more Ligurian than Piemontese, which could explain the light and fruity style of this white wine.

Despite being more closely linked in style with its neighboring region’s wines, Gavi is still considered Piedmont’s white jewel in the crown. It gained DOCG status in 1998 and its vineyards are mainly found in the hills of 13 communes in the province of Alessandria (of which the most prominent are Gavi, Novi Ligure, Serravalle Scrivia and Arquata Scrivia).

Gavi was Italy’s first white wine to gain international repute and is still considered one of the top-ranking Italian whites today. Made exclusively from the Cortese grape, a variety which has a heritage dating back to the 1600s, this is a wine that reflects its terroir. It is noted for its bone-dry character and crisp, flinty and fresh acidity, coming from the mineral-rich soils of the area. The bouquet is particularly floral, offering delicate aromas reminiscent of white flowers, lemons, green apples and honeydew. It is a well-balanced wine, distinctly fruit driven with underlying hints of almonds on the finish. It may not display great potential alcohol but it is certainly an age-worthy wine. A foaming spumante version is also made and some producers’ wines will undergo barrel maturation. Gavi is generally considered an excellent partner to seafood.

Those wines that state Gavi di Gavi on their label can do so only if their fruit comes from vineyards in the township of Gavi.